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# For the Unit 6 Discussion Board, I will need reflective essay that addresses one of the following scenarios:

For the Unit 6 Discussion Board, I will need reflective essay that addresses one of the following scenarios:

• Paying the minimum payment on a credit card versus paying extra to get the credit card paid off early.
• Investing a smaller amount beginning early in life versus investing more each month beginning later in life.

Read this resource from the KU Writing Center on how to do a reflective essay: https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/WritingCenter/WritingReferenceLibrary/WritingTypesAndTools/WritingAReflectiveEssay.aspx

As a basis for your essay, make at least one calculation that illustrates the scenario that you choose. If you wish, you can make more than one calculation.

In your reflective essay, you will address various questions/issues, so begin by choosing one of the scenarios, reading through list of questions, and taking notes on what you come up with.

Scenario A: Paying the minimum payment on a credit card versus paying extra to get the credit card paid off early.

• Choose a credit card balance between \$5,000 and \$15,000 to calculations, using an 18% APR.
• Access the "Credit Card and Compound Interest Worksheet" and first use Part 1) Determine the number of years of payments needed based on the credit card debt, interest rate, and payments size, then use Part 2) Determine a payment based on credit card debt, interest rate, and number of years until paid off.

Use Parts 1 and 2 to perform the following calculations:

• Calculate how long it would take to pay off the credit card balance paying only the minimum payment.
• Choose an amount of time between 2 and 10 years and calculate the monthly payment required to pay off the credit card balance in that amount of time.
• Choose any amount over the minimum monthly payment and determine how long it would take to pay off the credit balance.

• Do you think credit cards are a wise way to pay for things?
• Do you think credit cards are necessary?
• What would keep you from paying extra on the credit card?
• What would it mean to you to be able to pay the credit card off early?
• What would you be willing to give up or do to do be able to pay extra on the credit?

Scenario B: Investing a smaller amount beginning early in life versus investing more each month beginning later in life.

• Access the attached "Credit Card and Compound Interest Worksheet" and use Part 3) Determine the future value of an investment based on the payments, how often payments are per year, number of years, and a specific interest rate.
• Start by choosing how much you will save each month for your investment.
• Choose an amount between \$100 and \$500 to use as the monthly addition.
• Choose a number of years between 20 and 30 for your investment account to grow.
• Choose an interest rate between 3.00% and 10.00%. Set compound interest to 12 times per year. What is the future value of your account?
• Keeping all other factors the same, change the number of years to between 5 and 15 for your investment to grow. What is the future value of your account?